A global survey of digital realities points to the growing challenge of doing business using data, especially the proliferation of huge resources that make trading difficult. In the face of these challenges, formalizing a data strategy becomes essential.
AdvertisingA survey conducted by Digital Realty among 7,295 IT managers in 23 countries looked at how companies are tackling challenges related to data growth and the expansion of hosting, as well as related events such as data gravity, a word that attracts large amounts of data to other data and applications. , Makes it difficult to move data. In response, the study specifically highlighted the importance of adopting formal data strategies to avoid reproducing silos.
The Global Data Insights study reveals that the number one hurdle companies face when it comes to data exploitation is lack of investment in systems and infrastructure, cited by 53% of respondents, but only one-third working in groups earning more than a billion. One of the two respondents to the turnover noted inadequate investment in analytical tools (31% in a very large group). The third most frequent barrier relates to data protection regulations, cited by 35% of respondents globally, but by 41% of the very large group. Another important issue is the distribution of data. 62% were questioned in a very large group, the data is spread over more than fifty sites. However, smaller companies are also affected: globally, 36% of respondents have between 11 and 20 different sites and 30% between 21 and 50. Over the next two years they plan to add new hosting points to their data, especially in very large groups, 70 of which add at least six to ten sites.
In France, more centralized strategy
The integration, hybridization, and connectivity requirements arising from these challenges have been clearly identified by most respondents. However, in the face of these challenges, about four out of ten companies (38%) do not have a data strategy to formalize these requirements, or are only at the planning stage. Very large parties have a definite leadership in this regard, 44% of them have already implemented a formal strategy. The Digital Realty study further shows that companies adopt different strategies for organizing and managing data: a quarter of respondents chose a highly centralized model (including 27% of large companies) and 23% preferred a highly decentralized strategy (18% large companies). In France, however, large companies prefer very centralized (40%) or fairly centralized (40%, compared to 28% larger companies worldwide) approaches. When asked about their motivation for adopting one or the other approach, the proponents of centralized models agree with data management budget optimization and general IT strategies, while those who prefer decentralized models specify faster processing times and leave data with those who need it. It’s the most.
AdvertisingTo be more data-driven, companies have several priorities for the next two years. The first, by 72% of respondents worldwide, but only a quarter of very large companies, improve the data infrastructure. 65% of respondents also want to increase the capacity of their employees around data (45% of large groups) and 59% plan to invest in artificial intelligence and machine learning technology (42% of large companies). On the other hand, very large companies stand at one point, educating the directors and the executive committee about the importance of information, a priority for 61% of them.
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